The Heida International Music Competition

The Competition

Each year an esteemed jury of pre-eminent musicians reviews a promising array of submissions in a particular category and chooses 4 finalists between the ages of 18-30. These finalists are then invited to journey to Westport for the final stage of the judging, where they compete in a number of events designed to showcase their talents.

The winner receives a $10,000 cash prize and each finalist receives a $2,500 honorarium and lodging with host families for the week. In addition to the cash prize, the winner receives an invitation to return to Westport for a solo performance at a later date.

Prior winners include celebrated pianists who have gone on to perform in the world’s most important halls, such as Spencer Myer, Frederic Chiu, Josh Wright, Timur Mustikimov and Yue Chu.

Due to the Corona Virus the 2020 competition is postponed until Fall of 2021.

Alexander Platt message on postponement of 2020 competition

The Legacy of Heida Hermanns

Heida Hermanns immigrated to the United States in 1936 and made her New York debut at Town Hall in 1942. In the late 1940s, she moved to Connecticut and helped start the Friends of Music, an organization that presented chamber music concerts.

Ms. Hermanns was also a founder of Performers of Connecticut that arranged performance opportunities for young musicians and sponsored the Heida Hermanns Young Performers Competition, known today as the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition.

In 2019 the Heida Hermanns International Music Competition moved under the care of the MoCA Westport.

2019: The Piano Competition

The 2019 competition marked the return of the Heida after a 2 year hiatus, and featured four accomplished pianists who performed in various settings during Heida Week.

The four finalists journeyed to Westport for the final stage of the judging, where they competed in a number of events designed to showcase their talents.

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2019 Heida Week Recap

Finalist Performances

Veniamin Blokh

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Priscila Navarro

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Sahun Hong

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Stephanie Tang

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